Life changing July 21, 2016

By (Benedictine College) - abroad from 02/22/2014 to 04/21/2014 with

Benedictine College: Florence - Semester Program in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about culture from each country I was able to visit. From Morocco to Poland, each country had something new to offer. My confidence grew, my ability to navigate around each location grew, and I morphed into a new person! 1000000000 percent worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Studying abroad changed my life in numerous ways. I would say in the most astronomical way was my choice in career post graduation. Because of my experiences abroad and my love for travel, I made the career change and became a Flight Attendant with a Major US Airline just so I can continue my Wanderlust.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Depending on the country I was visiting, $100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save save save before going to Europe. It have extra money put away for your own personal adventures as well as for emergencies is VERY important. I would recommend saving $2,000.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Our ability to travel to other countries
  • Our location
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • More language immersion
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The necessity of less is more!!! I brought way too many clothes and ended up tossing half of it out. Now as a flight attendant, I've learned to pack for weeks at a time in one carry on bag. I wish I would've had a direct list of yes and no's to bring!